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01/12/17
automotive

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Wins Inaugural "Buyer's Choice Award For Best Sports Car"
  • Alfa Romeo 4C
    Alfa Romeo 4C
    Industry accolade comes courtesy of Autobytel as more sports car buyers shopped for the Alfa Romeo 4C on Autobytel.com than any other vehicle in the category
  • Ultralight carbon fiber monocoque and aluminum chassis structures afford 4C an incredible power-to-weight ratio, weighing under 2,500 pounds (lbs.)
  • Race-inspired performance: 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 4.1 seconds thanks to an all-aluminum 1750 cc direct-injection, intercooled, turbocharged engine paired to the blistering fast Alfa TCT (twin-clutch transmission) and Alfa DNA selector with four adjustable drive modes
  • Excellence handcrafted in Modena, Italy: 4C combines the performance engineering of Alfa Romeo and the craftsmanship of Maserati
  • New 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe available now for a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $55,900

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01/12/17
automotive

Volkswagen pleads guilty to US criminal charges, agrees to pay $4.3 billion

When you sell 'dirty diesel' vehicles you must pay the consequences
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Volkswagen AG has agreed to plead guilty to criminal felony charges and pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty as a result of a scheme to sell 590,000 diesel vehicles in the United States by using a “defeat device” to cheat on US EPA and California ARB emission tests, and lying and obstructing justice to further the scheme.

In separate civil resolutions of environmental, customs and financial claims, VW has agreed to pay $1.5 billion. This includes EPA’s claim for civil penalties against VW in connection with VW’s sale of these cars, as well as US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) claims for customs fraud. The agreements also resolve alleged violations of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).

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01/12/17
irl

Rossi, Andretti and Herta get their Baby Borgs
Alexander Rossi
What a pathetically small trophy the winner of the Indy 500 gets to keep. Really? The Speedway must be hurting for money

DETROIT - Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi said receiving his miniature Borg-Warner Trophy Wednesday night in the Motor City was different than other race-related experiences he's had since winning the 100th running in May 2016.

For one, he gets to keep the memento known as "the Baby Borg."

"The most memorable experience was seeing my face on the actual trophy," Rossi told IndyCar.com at the annual Automotive News World Congress dinner at the Renaissance Center. "But you can't take it home."

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01/12/17
automotive

'Dirty Diesel' bites another manufacturer in the posterior
Just know that if you are driving a diesel vehicle you are killing your fellow humans.
Just know that if you are driving a diesel vehicle you are killing your fellow humans.

It appears that, as predicted back in 2015, they were all cheating to meet EPA requirements for 'dirty diesel' vehicles. 

Fiat Chrysler shares are collapsing following EPA accusations that the automaker engaged in a similar scheme as Volkswagen, and used cheating software to beat diesel emissions tests, and this violated pollution laws. Why? Maybe it has something to do with Fiat's appeasement of the Trump administration, when last Sunday it announced a plan to Invest $1 Billion in the U.S. It forgot, however, that for the next 8 days, it is still Obama's country.

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01/12/17
irl

Initial concept drawings for 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series bodywork unveiled
Sketches of what IndyCar wants the new bodywork to look like.  Are the ugly Butt Bumpers gone?
Sketches of what IndyCar wants the new bodywork to look like. Are the ugly Butt Bumpers gone?
As INDYCAR works toward a universal aerodynamic bodywork kit for all Verizon IndyCar Series cars in 2018, the development process is well under way.

Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations, unveiled a series of initial concept drawings for how the car might look during a media roundtable at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Without revealing specific details to how the cars and their accompanying aerodynamic bodywork will look when they hit the track for the 2018 season, Frye offered the first visual peek into the future at INDYCAR's NAIAS exhibit in the Motor City.

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01/12/17
irl

INDYCAR announces multiyear contract extension with chassis manufacturer Dallara
The spec Dallara chassis lives on
The spec Dallara chassis lives on
The first step in revealing INDYCAR's next equipment generation comes in the form of signing Dallara, the sport's longtime chassis manufacturer, to a new contract, officials announced today at the North American International Auto Show.

The multiyear agreement calls for Dallara, an Italian company with a U.S. base in Speedway, Indiana, to continue providing driver safety cells to the Verizon IndyCar Series through the 2020 season. The 2017 season marks Dallara's 20th anniversary in U.S.-based open-wheel racing.

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01/12/17
automotive

EV users pay $0.00 per year in gas sales tax
Electric car owners pay $0.00 per year for gas, including $0.00 in gas taxes
Electric car owners pay $0.00 per year for gas, including $0.00 in gas taxes
In what will likely become a more widespread move as the next wave of electrified autos become available over the coming years, 10 states now charge owners of full electric (EV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and in two cases, conventional hybrid vehicles (HEV) to help make up for lost gasoline-tax revenues.

Indiana, which the last time we looked was hardly the greenest state in the Union with regard to electric cars, could be the latest to initiate a registration surcharge for plug-in vehicles to help raise revenues for road repairs. Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) filed the bill, which would both impose a $150 annual fee for EVs registered within the state. Indiana House Republicans say the fee would bring in an estimated $2 million per year, though we suspect most of that cash would come from other provisions of the bill, which include higher registration fees across the board and a boost in the state’s gasoline taxes.  

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01/12/17
automotive

California's PG&E utility now offers $500 rebate for electric-car use
In certain states, electric utilities are getting into the business of installing and operating electric-car charging infrastructure.

They may build public charging stations, or work with other entities that operate them, but that's usually as far as their efforts to promote electric cars go.

But one California utility is now taking direct action to encourage its customers to use electric cars.

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01/12/17
wec

United Autosports Confirm Le Mans 24 Hours And European Le Mans Series LMP2 Line Up
L-R: United Autosports Team Owners Zak Brown and Richard Dean, with European Le Mans Series LMP2 drivers Hugo de Sadeleer and Will Owen
L-R: United Autosports Team Owners Zak Brown and Richard Dean, with European Le Mans Series LMP2 drivers Hugo de Sadeleer and Will Owen
United Autosports have confirmed the first two drivers for their European Le Mans Series LMP2 team.
 
Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer have joined the reigning ELMS LMP3 championship winning team for their debut LMP2 season. Will and Hugo will also be racing at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours in June as part of the agreement.
 
American, Will Owen began karting at the age of 15, quickly moving into single seater racing. He has previously competed in the USF2000 Championship, winning in Indianapolis and scoring multiple top-10 finishes in his debut year. Most recently, Will has been racing in the Pro Mazda Championship.

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01/12/17
nastruck

Rico Abreu - No check, no drive
Rico Abreu - No check, no ride. Today drivers have to buy a ride in the top levels of motorsports, which means it is not a sport
Rico Abreu - No check, no ride. Today drivers have to buy a ride in the top levels of motorsports, which means it is not a sport
Rico Abreu will not return to full-time competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with ThorSport Racing this season.

Although Abreu tried to get a deal worked out for 2017, securing sponsorship was a challenge.

"I wish things could have worked out,"Abreu told motorsport.com on Wednesday at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa."The way sponsorship goes, sometimes things change.That’s just the way things go.

"I’m not going to give up on it.I’m just going to take a step back."

Abreu, who will turn 25 on Jan.30, finished 13th in the standings in his rookie season.He posted top-five finishes at Eldora (third) and Talladega (fourth) and five top-10s in 23 starts.

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01/12/17
automotive

BMW to switch it's M-Cars to electric
BMW knows their current air polluting M-Series cars cannot beat an electric car. If you can't beat them, join them.
BMW knows their current air polluting M-Series cars cannot beat an electric car. If you can't beat them, join them.
The age of electricity is upon the automotive world. More and more automakers are turning towards battery-powered drivetrains, and according to BMW's M boss Frank Van Meel, his brand's performance division is no different.

Speaking with Auto Express at the Detroit Auto Show about electric M cars, Van Meel said, "it will happen, but the question is when is that going to happen. Currently we still have a power to weight issue with electrification which makes that difficult to fit into a motorsports philosophy," he said.

In order to ease M buyers into this transition, Van Meel says the M division will first introduce hybrid systems aimed at improving performance before going to full electric.

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01/12/17
automotive

Tesla Model S P100D gets even more power
Model S P100D will smoke any internal combustion air polluting car
Model S P100D will smoke any internal combustion air polluting car
The Model S P100D is already the quickest production car on the market, capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Now, a new update issued by Tesla is giving it some extra oomph.

According to Electrek, a new Easter Egg found in a recent software update is allowing owners to enable a new Ludcirous+ mode, which unlocks 35 more horsepower. The new mode allows the P100D to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds, shaving a tenth of a second off the previous time.

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01/12/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Carlos Sainz Jr.
    Carlos Sainz Jr.
    'Mentor' Alonso helped me thrive in F1 - Sainz Jr.
  • McLaren to launch car on February 19 - report
  • Schumacher loses two more sponsors - report
  • Team boss slams Renault refugee Magnussen
  • Red Bull to keep using controversial suspension - Marko
  • F1 teams given option to purchase shares by Liberty Media
  • McLaren still interested in F1 stake - Brown

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01/11/17
automotive

Electric Cars and Autonomous driving all the rage at NAIAS
The automobile world is going electric, like it or not
The automobile world is going electric, like it or not
Tens of thousands of auto and tech industry executives, designers and analysts kept the product buzz and mobility conversation going today at Industry Preview as they examined products and technologies that will drive the industry’s transformation.

With 750 vehicles on display and a full schedule of AutoMobili-D presentations covering the spectrum of mobility – from connected and autonomous vehicles to ridesharing and urban transport – Industry Preview Day One brought together the best products in the industry and the key minds behind them.

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01/11/17
fe

Hong Kong EPrix Organizers Confident New Format Will Boost Interest
Last year's Hong Kong ePrix
Last year's Hong Kong ePrix
Hong Kong ePrix organizers are "confident of taking this year's event to another level by turning it into a two-race extravaganza over two days, enhancing the atmosphere and boosting spectator interest," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST.
 
The city is also "expected to kick off" the '17-18 season after making its debut in October.

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01/11/17
Mazda

Mazda Motorsports Gives Racers a Million Reasons to Race with Mazda
Mazda Cup racing
Mazda Cup racing
Mazda Motorsports has earned the reputation for the most supportive company in grassroots road racing. Part of that reputation was earned by Mazda paying for performance, namely cash payout to club racers across the country. Total payouts to Mazda club racers for 2016 successes exceeded $1,000,000. This is in addition to the $1,300,000 Mazda awards to champions in the professional ranks in the Mazda Road to Indy and Mazda Road to 24.

For 2017, Mazda has made enhancements to the program after listening to their racers. This year, in many classes, the payments will go deeper into the pack. While a win at the SCCA Runoffs still earns $5,000, finishing in second, third, and--for the first time ever—fourth place and sometimes as deep as fifth, will earn a Mazda racer money back from Mazda.

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01/11/17
nastruck

Michigan Truck Race Gets New Sponsor
Michigan Int'l Speedway continues to partner with Michigan companies. The track announced the official name for the truck race on Aug. 12 will be called the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200.

Last year, LTi was proud to sponsor Jordan Anderson during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The company saw immediate rewards by being involved in the sport and the platform that the track offered by being able to market to multiple businesses and industries in one location.

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01/11/17
irl

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Drivers to Visit North American International Auto Show
Indy 500 to appear at Detroit Auto Show
Indy 500 to appear at Detroit Auto Show
The 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) began this week in Detroit with media and industry preview days and during the course of the show the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will host some of the top drivers in the world before they return to race this summer at Belle Isle, June 2-4.

This evening, Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi and his team owners Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta of Andretti Herta Autosport will be in Detroit to receive their Baby Borg Warner trophies during the annual Automotive News World Congress dinner. The dinner and the trophy presentation will take place at the Renaissance Center Marriott in downtown Detroit.

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01/11/17
automotive

Trump wants GM to follow Ford, Fiat Chrysler U.S. investments
Trump is hopeful GM will follow competitors back to the USA
Trump is hopeful GM will follow competitors back to the USA

President-elect Donald Trump nudged General Motors Co., the largest U.S. automaker, to follow its biggest peers by investing in domestic auto plants and adding jobs.

Less than two minutes into his first formal press conference after the November election, Trump highlighted Ford Motor Co.'s plans to cancel a $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and expand an existing plant in Michigan. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV committed $1 billion toward building three new Jeeps in the U.S. and enabling a Michigan facility to build a Ram pickup now produced in Mexico.

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01/11/17
Dakar

Dakar Stage 9 cancelled
With Stage 9 cancelled meant another rest day for the participant
With Stage 9 cancelled meant another rest day for the participant
A massive landslide caused by thunderstorms happened this morning at 10.30am on the road used to join the bivouac, 40 kilometers north of Jujuy, 160kms away from Salta, hitting the village of Volcan. According to the Argentinean civil security, victims are deplored in the population and considerable damage has been observed.

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01/11/17
wscc

PR1 Completes Productive Test at the Roar
PR1 #52 testing at Daytona
PR1 #52 testing at Daytona
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Fresno, CA –
After three days of testing at the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway, the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports team looking forward to making the final preparations to the #52 machine looking ahead to the Rolex 24. The Roar before the 24 marks the first test for the team with their new Cosworth powered Ligier JS P217. Although they have completed several hours of testing with the Ligier development car at Sebring International Raceway, this was the first outing for the brand new #52 team car.

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01/11/17
irl

Verizon IndyCar Series TV schedule features continuity with ABC and NBCSN
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017) - Continuity and consistency are the highlights of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series television schedule released today.

In collaboration with ABC and NBCSN, INDYCAR's television calendar will see each race return to the same network where it aired in 2016. The logic behind the schedule is based on continuing to seek opportunities to avoid broadcast conflicts with other major sporting events while giving INDYCAR fans the best possible viewing times.

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01/11/17
F1

Pirelli Announces Compound Choices And Mandatory Sets For GP Of Bahrain And Russia
2017 Tires
2017 F1 Tres
Pirelli announces the following compounds for the third and fourth rounds of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

In BAHRAIN*, to be held from April 14-16 on the Sakhir circuit:
P Zero White medium
P Zero Yellow soft
P Zero Red supersoft

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01/11/17
irl
usac

Team INDYCAR set to compete at 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals
INDYCAR is reaching back to its racing roots by sponsoring 10 drivers at this week's Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Team INDYCAR consists of 10 drivers competing in the 31st annual indoor midget race that attracts hundreds of racers ranging from weekly short-track regulars and legends to INDYCAR and NASCAR drivers. The week-long competition takes place on the quarter-mile clay oval constructed inside River Spirit Expo Center at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. The event began Monday and concludes with the climactic championship feature Saturday night.

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01/11/17
nasmon

IMS Statement on Retirement of Carl Edwards
Statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles on Carl Edward's retirement from NASCAR Sprint Cup racing following the 2016 season:

"Carl Edwards has been a fan favorite at the Speedway for more than a decade," said IMS President J. Douglas Boles.

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01/11/17
il

10 Questions with Colton Herta
Colton Herta
Colton Herta

To say that Colton Herta was born to be a race car driver is probably not too far off the mark, as the son of 1993 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion (and two-time Indianapolis 500-winning car owner) Bryan Herta began racing soon after he learned to walk. 

 

Swiftly moving from karts to open-wheel, including the Pacific F1600 series (which he won in 2013), Herta first joined the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires in 2014. He missed the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season opener due to age requirements but went on to capture six top-10 finishes in his rookie year.

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01/11/17
nasmon

Suarez named the driver of the #19 Toyota
2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champions, Daniel Suarez has been named the driver of Joe Gibbs Racing's #19 Toyota for 2017 running for Rookie of Year award. Suarez replaces Carl Edwards who announced earlier that he was leaving the sport immediately. ARRIS, Stanley and Subway will return as sponsors. Sports Clips is listed on the car. No word if Comcast/XFINITY will return as a primary sponsor in 2017. Dave Rogers stays on as the crew chief. As for Suarez's XFINITY Series plans, team owner Joe Gibbs said Suarez would probably run around 10 XFINITY Series races with other JGR drivers filling in.

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01/11/17
nasmon

Daniel Suarez Jumping In Edwards' Car Could Fast-Forward NASCAR's Diversity Push
Daniel Suarez
Daniel Suarez

NASCAR's "greatest hope for diversity has suddenly arrived," as Daniel Suarez will be the "first Mexican-born driver to compete full-time" in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series when he replaces Carl Edwards in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 19 Toyota, according to Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY.

 
Edwards' sudden decision to leave the sport leaves Suarez a "great chance for success, considering he has a coveted spot at JGR and will be driving a car capable of winning races."
 
He has "never made a start" in the Cup Series, and there were not "any announced plans to do so this year." The thought was JGR was "grooming him to get there eventually, especially with sponsor Arris -- which he shared with Edwards -- behind him." USA TODAY


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01/11/17
nasmon

Statement from NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France on Carl Edwards
"Carl Edwards has made an indelible mark on NASCAR. His hard-charging driving style has led to memorable moments that will live forever in the history of our sport. Carl's passion and personality will greatly be missed - as will the signature backflips that NASCAR fans have come to expect following his victories. We wish Carl nothing but the best as he enters this next phase in life."

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01/11/17
nasmon

FOX NASCAR Analysts React to News Edwards No Longer will Compete Full-Time in NASCAR
Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards
On Wednesday, Carl Edwards unexpectedly announced he will not compete full-time in NASCAR anymore, choosing to exit the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota immediately.  Below, FOX NASCAR analysts Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond offer their perspectives on the surprising development.

FOX SPORTS: What was your reaction to Carl Edwards' announcement?

Waltrip: "This is beyond shocking.  I'd go so far as to say it is catastrophic when a driver who just competed for the championship with a dominant organization suddenly doesn't return the next season.  A month before NASCAR's Super Bowl, its biggest race of the year, and a driver leaves -- that has to have an incredible impact on the team and sponsor. All the reasons he listed for stepping out of the car must be incredibly important to him to make a decision like this."

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01/11/17
BritishF3

Ahmed returns with Carlin for 2017 BRDC British F3 assault
Autumn Trophy Champion Enaam Ahmed will return to Carlin for an assault on the 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, it has been confirmed today (11 January). The Brit stormed to the Autumn Trophy title with two victories from the three races held at Snetterton in October, and his partnership with the Surrey-based outfit will now continue into the year ahead as he looks to challenge for the main championship crown.

Ahmed graduated to single-seaters after a stellar karting career which saw him claim the CIK-FIA World and European KF Junior Karting Championship titles aged just 14. He then moved into MSA Formula for 2015 and finished the year as Rookie champion, before graduating to BRDC British Formula 3 for 2016 with Douglas Motorsport.

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01/11/17
f1

Video: Bored Drivers. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen long for the new F1 season
When you're still over 10 weeks away from the start of an F1 season... Daniel and Max are longing for the start of the new season, are you?

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01/11/17
automotive

Video: 50 Years of Mercedes AMG Driving Performance
In everything we do, we challenge the limits of performance. For 50 years we have been creating icons that go further - enjoy the next 50 years of Driving Performance.

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01/11/17
fe

Visa Vegas eRace Highlights - Formula E
The world's best sim racers gathered at CES in Las Vegas to take on the Formula E field in a dramatic and eventful Visa Vegas eRace. Tensions were high as they competed for a share of one million dollars, but there could be only one winner...

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01/11/17
ELMS

ABG Motorsport Purchase Ligier JS P3 For The New ELMS LMP3 Series
ABG Motorsport have confirmed their entry into the new for 2017 British Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship (Part of European LeMans Series) with a brand new Ligier JS P3 sports prototype.
 
They will run the Ligier JS P3 for three-time GT champion Jim Geddie and his son, former British GT Champion, Glynn Geddie.

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01/11/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Bottas dejected he has to wait
    Bottas sad he has to wait
    Mercedes denies Bottas announcement date set
  • Rosberg successor solution 'so complicated' - Lauda
  • Marchionne to retire after 2018
  • Williams not commenting on team shakeup
  • Vasseur leaves Renault after one season
  • Australian GP releases 2017 schedule
  • Hulkenberg: No thought of Mercedes switch

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01/10/17
nasmon

Team Penske & Nikon Metrology Expand Partnership
Team Penske has formed a technical alliance with Nikon Metrology, a market leader in metrology instrumentation and technological innovation.

The announcement expands upon an already existing relationship between the two companies.

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01/10/17
automotive

This "Mystery Device" Can Unlock and Start Your Vehicle
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says new technology is being used to not only unlock and open vehicles, but to also start and steal them.

NICB recently obtained one of the so-called “mystery devices” that the public was first warned about over two years ago. At the time, thieves were being seen on security cameras across the country, using unknown devices to unlock vehicles and steal valuables inside. In recent months, NICB has noted reports of thieves not only opening the vehicles but also starting them and driving away.

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01/10/17
automotive

Victory Motorcycles concedes defeat
Citing poor market results, Polaris Industries has announced that it will terminate the Victory Motorcycles brand. The process of winding down all Victory-related operations will start immediately, as Polaris concentrates its efforts towards the development of Indian Motorcycles.

The announcement came as a surprise to most, as until just a few weeks ago Victory was displaying its 2017 line-up at motorcycle shows all over the world. According to the press release, Polaris will set the process of liquidating existing inventories across its dealer network in motion immediately. As far as current owners of Victory motorcycles are concerned, the company guarantees parts, service, and warranty coverage for the next 10 years.

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01/10/17
irl

2018 IndyCar aero kits contract drawing interest from '11 or 12 different companies
Will all the garbage aero bits be gone?
Will all the garbage aero bits be gone?
As IndyCar moves into the "Universal Aero Kit" era beginning with the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, as many as 12 different companies are hoping to get the contract to build the body kits that will be used on the Dallara chassis for the Chevrolet and Honda teams writes Bruce Martin for AutoWeek.

"We've actually had interest and proposals from 11 or 12 different companies that want to build the universal kit," IndyCar director of development Tino Belli told Autoweek. "That was quite a surprise because I'm not sure many race fans knew there were that many companies capable of designing and building the universal kit.

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01/10/17
24H

Graff Racing wins first race of the inaugural Hankook 3x3H DUBAI
DUBAI (10 January, 2017) – Race week action started early for this year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI, with prototype machinery out on track at Dubai Autodrome on Tuesday already for the inaugural Hankook 3x3H DUBAI.

A total of 17 prototypes from the G57, CN and P3 classes were in action in two free practice sessions, one qualifying and the first encounter of this week’s triple-header of three-hour races. Victory in the first-ever prototype race organized by Dutch agency CREVENTIC in co-operation with the Dutch National Racing Team (DNRT) went to French team, Graff Racing, that saw drivers Eric Trouillet.

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01/10/17
nastruck

Stewart Friesen To Run Full Truck Series Schedule
HUNTERSVILLE, NC -- Chris Larsen and Stewart Friesen have announced the formation of Halmar Friesen Racing (HFR). HFR will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) running a full schedule for 2017 with Friesen as the driver. Halmar International will serve as primary sponsor on the No. 52 Chevrolet Silverado.

Managing the day-to-day operations of HFR will be NASCAR veteran Tommy Baldwin Jr.

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01/10/17
ama
tv news

American Flat Track, NBCSN join forces for 2017 season
Flat Track Racing
AMA's Flat Track Racing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –
American Flat Track proudly announces an exclusive television partnership with NBCSN for the 2017 season. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall.

Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing and 2017 marks the dawning of a new golden era for the sport. The series boasts two diverse and highly-competitive classes and is headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class, with spirited single-cylinder machines battling it out in AFT Singles.

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01/10/17
roc

ROC Factor winners Rzadzinski and Glusman to compete in Miami's ROC Nations Cup
Canada's Stefan Rzadzinski and Argentina's Gabriel Glusman have won the chance of a lifetime to take on the racing legends competing at the first Race Of Champions on American soil – inside Marlins Park in Miami on January 21-22, 2017.

Rzadzinski and Glusman came out on top in the ROC Factor competition, based on a social media vote. The contest was open to anyone with a passport from anywhere in the Americas – from Alaska to Cape Horn – before 10 drivers from North America and 10 from Latin America were selected for the vote. 26,000 votes were cast in all, and Rzadzinski used local television to help secure an impressive win, even seeing off the challenge of IndyCar racer Conor Daly. Glusman's win was closer: with virtually nothing separating the Argentine and Colombia's Jaime Guerrero, the ROC Factor Jury made the final decision.

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01/10/17
nasmon

Hamlin working on staying with JGR (Update)
UPDATE Denny Hamlin said Monday his contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing is essentially done and just awaiting an official release by his team and sponsor.

"It's just whenever they want to announce something," Hamlin told NBC Sports after helping Toyota Racing Development unveil a redesigned Camry model that will make its debut with the 2017 season. "It's probably a better question for Gibbs and (sponsor) FedEx, but I think they'll release something when they're ready."

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01/10/17
nasmon

Kurt Busch gets married
Kurt Busch announced on Twitter / Facebook that he and Ashley Van Metre are married: "My life completely changed when fate brought us together. So happy to call you my wife."

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01/10/17
dakar

Video: Scenes from Dakar Rally Day 7
Rally Dakar 2017 South America – News Cut - Stage 7: La Paz - Uyuni

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01/10/17
nasmon

Roush Fenway Racing and Performance Plus Announce Renewal of Partnership
Trevor Bayne's No. 6 Sprint Cup Ford Fusion
Trevor Bayne's No. 6 Sprint Cup Ford Fusion

Roush Fenway Racing today announced a team-wide partnership with Kleen Performance Products and Performance Plus, its premium motor oil brand. Performance Plus will serve as the official oil partner of NASCAR’s winningest team, as well as the primary sponsor for multiple races with driver Trevor Bayne and the No. 6 Sprint Cup Ford Fusion.

"We are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with the Performance Plus brand and have them on board as our official oil partner,” said team owner Jack Roush. "The partnership reflects Roush Fenway’s commitment to using the highest-quality products in our race cars. Performance Plus not only protects engines, but it provides us a competitive edge on the race track."

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01/10/17
dtm
wec

Bentley Motorsport signs Oliver Jarvis
Oliver Jarvis
Oliver Jarvis

Bentley Motorsport has signed British racing driver Oliver Jarvis to join Bentley Boys Guy Smith (GB), Steven Kane (GB), Andy Soucek (ES), Maxime Soulet (BE) and Vince Abril (MO) in its pair of race-winning Continental GT3s. 

Jarvis, who has an impressive career that includes nine years as a works team driver in LMP1 and DTM will race alongside fellow-Brits Smith and Kane in the #7 Continental GT3 for the Blancpain Endurance Series, while Abril moves to join Soucek and Soulet in car #8.

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01/10/17
pwc

Touring Car Ranks Producing Bigger Fields
Touring Car action
Touring Car action
AUSTIN, Tex. – The popular Touring Car categories in the Pirelli World Challenge put on quite a show in 2016. It was some of the best sedan racing in North America.

Last corner passes for victories, four and five-wide battles into the first turns and bumper-to-bumper drafting for consecutive laps made up the 12-race TC, TCA and TCB competition.

And the 2017 season is expected to produce more cars and better action in the TC classes.

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01/10/17
automotive

Car imports make up the entire Mexico/USA trade deficit
America brings in lots of cars and auto parts from Mexico. It's by far the No. 1 good shipped north of the border, writes Patrick Gillespie of CNN Money.

If you take away those shipments, President-elect Donald Trump's dream would come true: The U.S. wouldn't have a trade deficit with Mexico.

So, if all things remain the same and car imports are taken away, the trade deficit with Mexico would disappear.

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01/10/17
Automotive

Because of Trump, Apple to start building more in the USA
Bring your money back to this country Apple
Bring your money back to this country Apple
Amid pressure from President-Elect Donald Trump to build products at home, Apple is seeking to conduct "high-tech manufacturing" and assemble data center server gear at one of its plants in Mesa, Arizona.

"The nature of the product is not for end users but for other global data centers what will be supported from the site," according to a notification published by the Federal Register.

This is just the beginning for Apple as it waits for Trump to lower corporate taxes and also to lower the tax they will pay on the $150 billion they have overseas that can be brought back to the USA to invest in USA manufacturing and other high-tech jobs.

Will the Apple car, if there is to be one, now be built in the USA?  Will Apple then be able to buy Tesla who dearly needs Apple's money to thrive?  And why should Apple build an Apple car when they can sell the Tesla 'Model Apple'?

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01/10/17
nasx

BK Racing hit with $1.46 million judgement:
Five days after a $1.46 million binding arbitration award was levied in a Mecklenburg County, NC case involving Ron Devine and BK Racing, Kickin' the Tires has confirmed through public documents that Devine encumbered the company's equipment, supplies and racecars in a UCC filing for a $15 million line of credit from Virginia Racer's Group, a company managed by his wife.

The binding arbitration award involved Race Engines Plus (REP) and money proven to be owed by BK Racing for engines and parts provided from 2013 forward.

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01/10/17
track news

Pocono Raceway considered for driverless car proving ground
Someday race cars might have no drivers
Someday race cars might have no drivers either. After all, racing must be relevant to production cars right?
Pennsylvania State officials hope to bring automated vehicle testing to Monroe County. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced plans to establish and expand testing at three facilities, including one at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. "This technology is coming," said PennDOT Spokesperson Erin Waters-Trasatt on Tuesday. "Pennsylvania is a leader in seeing that this technology is developed as safely and efficiently as possible." 

Automated vehicle testing has started in the commonwealth already. In June, PennDOT formed an Autonomous Vehicle Task Force to draft policies for guide testing in Pennsylvania. The department and task force also worked with state lawmakers to introduce regulatory legislation, slated for enactment this year. The U.S. Department of Transportation solicited applications for its new Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Pilot Program in November. PennDOT proposed three sites in the commonwealth, each with a varied testing environment.

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01/10/17
nasmon

NASCAR Tire Testing at Las Vegas Tues & Wed
The start of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is more than one month away but four competitors will be back behind the wheel much sooner. #1-Jamie McMurray (Chevy), #24-Chase Elliott (Chevy), #22-Joey Logano (Ford) and #20-Matt Kenseth (new 2018 Toyota Camry) are scheduled to take part in the season's first Goodyear tire test Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 10-11 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The two-day Las Vegas tire test is the first of seven on the 2017 schedule.

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01/10/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Ecclestone tells Silverstone where to stick it
    Ecclestone tells Silverstone where to stick it
    Ecclestone tells Silverstone to stop complaining
  • Rossi 'logical choice' for Mercedes - Zanardi
  • Ferrari had two day Xmas holiday - Marchionne
  • 2017 training to be 'intensive' - Kvyat
  • Force India passes all FIA crash tests
  • McLaren: New tires pose 'major challenge'

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